Wednesday, May 1 2013, 05:32 PM MDT
Movie Review: The Big Wedding
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Justin Zackham
Starring: Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton
Recommended To: Those looking for a run-of-the-mill wedding movie with a predictable script and more than its share of spray on tans.
Synopsis: Don (Robert De Niro) and Ellie (Diane Keaton), who have been divorced for a decade, pretend to happily married for the benefit of their adopted son to avoid upsetting his religious biological mother.
Review: Like most wedding films focuses on various dysfunctional aspects of all the family members involved. About the only thing that differentiates The Big Wedding from any other wedding film is that it is ‘R’ rated. This allows the dialogue to be a bit more colorful than what you’d have seen in Father of the Bride or My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Not that the film benefits from the additional vulgarity, brief nudity or sexual themes. The cast, which includes Amanda Seyfried, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl and Ben Barns is predictably charming, but no one works up a sweat as director/writer Justin Zackham’s script only goes skin deep. It’s better than Little Fockers, but that’s not exactly saying a lot.
-Ryan Michael Painter